Future Physician Credits the UVM M.M.S. Program as Key to Preparation

April 30, 2024 by Margie Brenner

In 2020, Niederhauser graduated from the UVM Master of Medical Science at the University of Vermont, crediting the program as key in his preparation for medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).

Christoph Niederhauser, M.S.

When Christoph Niederhauser finished his undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, he knew he needed an additional edge to help him get to the next level. The year-long master of medical science (M.M.S.) program at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine solidified his foundation of knowledge, he says, preparing him not only for the MCAT but also for his pre-clerkship training at medical school and the Step 1 board exams.

Neiderhauser graduated from the M.M.S. program in 2020, and he credits that experience as key in readying him for medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, where he is currently a third-year student on his clerkship rotations in pediatrics and preparing for the Step 2 board exams. Although the M.M.S. program was very demanding, he looks back at his time at UVM fondly and misses living in Burlington, remarking that the idyllic location amidst the Green Mountains on the shore of Lake Champlain was unmatched. 

“I am still continually referencing the content I learned at UVM,” Neiderhauser says. “And in addition to content alone, I felt very supported by the mentorship and advising team built in to the program. Their help made all the difference when navigating medical school applications, and they were always encouraging of my goals. I appreciate how much the M.M.S. program helped to get me where I am today, and it is a program I would recommend to any student aspiring to a career in health care.”

One of the many benefits of attending UVM for a Master of Medical Science Degree is that students can take advantage of linkage programs when it comes time to apply to medical school. The Larner College of Medicine and The University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine both agree to interview M.M.S students who meet the articulation requirements for each school.

UVM offers the M.M.S. degree program either fully online or on campus, with the option to complete the program in 12 months or on a part-time basis.